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Oppidan and Alliance Developed the Highline Building in downtown Apex, NC.

The Oppidan development at 209 N. Salem Street (The Highline Building) breathes new life into the center of historic downtown Apex, North Carolina while fitting in with the area’s existing character and charm. Oppidan Breaks ground 2021.

The three-story, 32,000sq ft building makes use of maximum horizontal elevation. The street-level is set back to allow for seating, engagement, but filled a crucial gap in buildings, which created connection between with the extension of small businesses to the north of Saunders St. It also offers multiple balconies and a rooftop patio designed for upper-level office tenants to connect with the energy of downtown. Tenants include a local brewery, a women’s boutique, and several other concepts in the retail portion along with Oppidan’s southeast headquarters-and Oppidan on the third floor.

In addition to creating multiple opportunities for community members to engage with the building and for tenants to engage with the community, the building also incorporates historical elements into its function and design. Utilizing an L-shape recess allows the building to wrap around an existing September 11 memorial on the street corner. After demolition, Alliance Architecture incorporated historical details of this corner of downtown Apex downtown now bustling with work and play. A brick exterior blends in with surrounding buildings. Exposed steel runs throughout the staircase, a nod to the historical elements of the trains that have passed through Apex for decades.

Development also looks to the future. Apex has become a densely populated micro-destination for living and working. To enjoy this lifestyle and work environment, Apex proves that it is not necessary to live an in urban setting. Tenants can walk to dining and entertainment while being close to home. Town residents can enjoy a downtown work atmosphere with local retail destinations. With Oppidan, the attractions of living and working in a thriving, local community are on full display.

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